Juco Hoops Showcase to Feature Area Players

Panama City, FL---You don't ordinarily think of junior college basketball in the mid to late part of July. But area juco programs are getting set to see some of their own compete at the highest level this weekend in Niceville.

Northwest Florida State is once again hosting what they call Women's National All-Star Showcase this weekend.

It pits the best returning juniors from all across the country against each other in a couple of showcase games.

Three Gulf Coast Lady Commodores among those chosen to play, those three Jessica Morton, Dominique Powell and Kayla Montgomery.

"It's a great accolade for the kids" says Gulf Coast women's head coach Vernette Skeete "who bust their butts their freshman year, of junior college basketball, collegiate sports. Fixing to be recognized and kind of put with the title of 'all star' type. And so it's kind of good for the kids in our conference, and around the country to come out and compete against each other, get familiarized with each other and know when they're going for those high awards, like All American, who they're up against."

And oh yeah, scouts from four year programs will be on hand by the dozens.

Chipola sending Rahni Bell, Khadijah Ellison, Ebony Wells and Treyvonna Brooks to the Showcase.

The host Lady Raiders will be represented by Carla Batchelor, Alyssa Dupree and Rudiane Eduardo.

40 players in all, from as far away as Texas, Arizona, Massachusetts and Kansas, divided into two teams. They'll practice Friday, two games each, Saturday and Sunday.